Rebanks Fellow: Georgia Burashko
Mezzo-soprano Georgia Burashko has performed non-stop during her time as a Rebanks Fellow, though she feels she’s barely scratched the surface of the opportunities available to her.
I've never gotten any where close to performing a piece where I've thought, 'That was perfect!'... Some people might say they're tortured by that, but I think that's what attracts people to it — the journey is never done.
“There’s still so much I want to do, and I feel like I’m running out of time,” Burashko exclaims. “Maybe I can negotiate a second year,” she adds, with a grin.
The highlight of Burashko’s year was the opportunity to perform Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) with Dutch company Introdans at the Fall for Dance North festival in Toronto.
“The dreamiest gig ever,” she enthuses.
Burashko lights up when she talks about another one of her favourite projects, an exploration of the music of Johann Rosenmüller, a baroque composer whose work bridges German and Italian musical traditions.
The Toronto native has found it incredibly satisfying to be able to work on such a wide range of artistic initiatives, many of which she wouldn’t have been able to pursue without the support of The Rebanks Family Fellowship Program.
More fundamentally, the program has allowed Burashko to find her voice as an artist. In her words, the power of the program is that it allows young performers to take the opportunity to build their confidence and establish their point of view.
“[The program] allows you to figure out what you’re about as an artist.”
Photography: Bo Huang
Video: Riddle Films
Watch Georgia Burashko's Performances
George Frederic Handel’s “Verdi prati” from Ariodante, with Julie Wedman, Valerie Gordon, Emily Eng, Felix Deak and Christopher Bagan.
George Frederic Handel’s “Dopo notte” from Alcina, with Julie Wedman, Valerie Gordon, Emily Eng, Felix Deak and Christopher Bagan
The Glenn Gould School is The Royal Conservatory of Music’s internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the post-secondary and post-graduate levels.
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Unique in Canada, The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program is the one-year postgraduate program of The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School. Created for artists on the cusp of a professional career, it offers a rich curriculum for career development including: private study with exceptional faculty and guest artists; concert presentations and career coaching; and marketing training and support. Each Rebanks Fellow also participates in a funded international residency.
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